WHEN AM I FINALLY DIVORCED?
I have signed my Stipulation of Settlement with my spouse, I am finally divorced right? Not exactly.
The Stipulation of Settlement will include all the terms of your divorce. You and your spouse both have to sign off on it in the presence of a notary and that will become the terms you have to follow moving forward. Once that document is fully executed, you are officially separated from your spouse. After the Stipulation of Settlement is fully executed, your attorney will submit it the court for a 60-day order. Your attorney then has 60 days to complete a divorce package, which includes a bunch of different documents in order to get you fully divorced.
One of the documents is your Judgment of Divorce. This document will incorporate all the terms of your Stipulation of Settlement and the judge will have to sign off on it. Once the judge signs your Judgment of Divorce you are finally divorced.
It is important to note that if these documents are not submitted to the court within the 60 days provided, your divorce will be considered abandoned, and you will not be divorced. That is why it is imperative that you hire an attorney here at Capetola & Divins, P.C. so you can trust that your divorce will be finalized the proper way.